Growing up, Katie experienced first-hand how a lack of support can significantly impact the confidence and educational experience of LGBTQ students. She co-founded UPchieve to build a diverse network of volunteers who can serve as positive role models for LGBTQ and other underserved students.
Katie is also Co-Founder & President of tech nonprofit AsylumConnect. She has led AsylumConnect in establishing the first online resource catalog for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. Katie was selected as the winner of MCC15’s Millennium Peace Prize at the UN (2015), named to the Clinton Foundation’s CGI U Alumni Honor Roll of social innovators (2017), a Mogul Influencer (2017), and a WP BrandStudio Influencer in the nonprofit field (2018). She has also been a featured speaker on LGBTQ rights and public good technology. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The HuffPost, Forbes.com, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, and The Seattle Times.
Katie received a B.A. cum laude with distinction in Health & Societies from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Management Studies from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Peggy Liao, Marketing Advisor
Jay Rothberg, Fundraising Advisor
Jay Rothberg had a long and distinguished career as a college student personnel administrator and association management executive. He served as a Vice President and Director at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for 26 years; the last 13 as the Vice President – Office of the CEO. Prior to the AICPA, Jay served as Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director of the Society of Louisiana CPAs and as a student personnel administrator at three private colleges. Jay has a BS Degree from The American University and a MA from New York University.